The Long Island Lutheran's girls varsity basketball team heads to Philly Saturday, January 5 to face off against Philly natives Archbishop Carroll in the Under Armour/Pro Hoops Philly vs. New York Challenge. This will be the fourth annual Philly vs. New York Challenge and the second one the Crusaders have participated in.
LuHi played Archbishop Wood last year at St. Dominic's in the Under Armour/Pro Hoops Philly vs. NY Challenge. The Crusaders won the game by five points. "It was a really good game, and exciting to watch and play in," Leah Cooper said.
The tournament alternates every year from being played in New York to being played in Philly.
LuHi's opponent, Archbishop Carroll, is looking this year for back-to-back State Championships in the Catholic League. They have many returning players, and are looking strong in their league.
The Crusaders had a disappointing Holiday tournament that saw them fall short by one to the Irvington Bulldogs and then lose again by 10 points to the St. Anthony Friars. Against Irvington, LuHi was up big coming to the final minutes of the first half but a few bad plays proved to change the momentum. "That weekend was definitely a hard weekend, forward Staci Barrett said. “But we need to move on and learn from our mistakes."
This weekend Long Island Lutheran looks to recharge and prove that they deserve to be the No. 1 team on Long Island. "We're coming out strong this weekend, we have to prove ourselves all over again. Show that we deserve to be the best," Barrett said.
Tipoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lower Merion High School.